Thursday, December 25, 2014

Cycling The Wetlands And Trying To Avoid The Wind


I realize Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston and Valley of Fire at The Big Three of the Las Vegas area's nature lineup.

But I'm very close to putting the Wetlands Park into the Big Three to make it The Big Four.

It offers so much water and color and inspiring vegetation along the Las Vegas Wash corridor.

I drove with my bicycle to the Wetlands from Summerlin, about a 30-minute drive or so. Parked at the visitors center lot and pedaled away, heading in the direction of Lake Las Vegas.

There's a sweet and smooth paved trail, with lots of dirt trails.


It was way windy, so the Wetlands was a good place to find a riding scene that was a few degrees warmer.


Just take Tropicana Ave east about three miles east of 95 and you'll see the big sign pointing you to go left.




Monday, November 24, 2014

Red Rock Panorama

It was 41 degrees at 6:50am and it was easy to stay inside.

But that hardest pedal stroke is always the first one out the door, and I'm glad I cycled to the Red Rock overlook this morning.


I went on the short trail off the overlook parking lot for the first time in my two years here and thought I'd give the panorama option a shot

Checking The Ranch In Red Rock Canyon


Last Tuesday morning, I biked with my man Anthony to Blue Diamond and stopped at the Spring Mountains Ranch to check the scene.


Dave Does Trader Joe's


No bike racks at Trader Joe's in Downtown Summerlin shopping center?

No problem for Dave.

This fella with the Batman Belt filled with devices and gadgets locks up his chariot along the shopping cart railing.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Windy Conditions Ahead

The cycling conditions have changed overnight -- 70s and no wind Saturday to low 50s and gusty out there on the Red Rock Scenic Loop Sunday morning.

Hit the circuit this morning with pals Scott and Anthony.



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pedaling Through The Burbs (Ugh) To Reach The Cyclovia

I realized today why I don't bike from Summerlin on the Vegas valley's west side to Henderson much.

It's because cycling 25-30 miles one-way through pure suburbia, with its boring landscape and fast-moving SUVs and other suburbia vehicles is just not very pleasant.

I pedaled through the valley's ugly southwest sprawl into the Henderson area of more wide streets, ho-hum suburban architecture and fast-moving, impatient drivers to reach the city of Henderson's cyclovia, uh, I mean "stroll and roll."

I met three guys on road bikes a few miles from the closed road and that was the highlight. Here are the three on the closed Paseo Verde Parkway.



Cool old bikes, including a few Schwinn Sting Rays






Monday, November 3, 2014